KALISPELL, Mont. -
Glacier National Park and Flathead National Forest have partnered in an effort to track how many people are using the Flathead River.
To date, there has not been this type of data available.
The data will be gathered by the University of Montana
River usage will be tracked by remote cameras along the river. Organizers tell us the cameras do not clearly capture faces, just the number of people.
It’s hoped the statistics will shed some light on how much the river is being used throughout the summer.
One rafting company looks forward to the findings.
"It's mostly the weekends is when you see a lot of people on the river and a lot of traffic so that will be interesting to see what they find out comparing weekdays to weekends," said Randy Gayner of Glacier Guides and Montana Raft Company.
The cameras have yet to be installed as this will be a project done over the next two summers.